A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Leslie A. Marchand (Drew University, Nov. 2, 2017)

A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of  Leslie A. Marchand

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Drew University Library, United Methodist Archives and History Center,

Madison, New Jersey



The Thirteenth Leslie A. Marchand Memorial Lecture


Hermione de Almeida

Walter Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature,

The University of Tulsa

“Fluid Dynamics:  Evolutionary Physics in Byron”


Accompanied by

 A Showcase Exhibition of Leslie Marchand’s Papers and Ephemera


And the book launch for                 

 Leslie A. Marchand Memorial Lectures 2000-2015: A Legacy in Byron Studies, ed. Katherine Kernberger



Event Details:

Wine and Hors d’oeuvres Reception: 4:30-5:00 p.m., 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Marchand Showcase Exhibition:  4:30-5:00 p.m., 6:00-8:00 p.m., with remarks by the Special Collections staff

Lecture:  5:00 – 6:00 P.M.

Book Signing:  6:00 – 7:30 P.M.

Tours of the Byron Society Collection


RSVP by October 20, 2017 to Brian Shetler, bshetler@drew.edu, or call 973-408-3910


Directions to Drew University Library.  From New York City: Take NJ Transit from Penn Station to Madison, NJ.  The campus is a short cab ride from the train station. (Try Travelers Taxi at 973-908-9799.) Driving directions are available on the Drew website:  https://www.drew.edu/about/maps-directions. For hotel

accommodations, call the Madison Hotel at 1-800-526-0729 and ask for the Drew rate.

Byron Society of America at MLA 2018, NYC

The Byron Society of America will sponsor its forty-fifth annual session at this year’s Modern Language Association Convention in January in New York City. Session details are as follows:

Session 270: “Byron and Politics: A roundtable discussion”

Friday, 5 January 2018, 10:15 AM-11:30 AM

Presiding: Jack Wasserman, (independent scholar and longstanding Board Member of the BSA)

Roundtable participants:

Jonathan Gross (DePaul)

Piya Pal-Lapinski (Bowling Green State)

Andrew Warren (Harvard)

The participants will explore the life and works of Lord Byron in relation to the politics of his own time and ours, with emphasis on the Congress of Vienna and the future of Europe, and discuss how Byron‘s political writings and personal engagements impacted European culture, politics, and art in the post-Napoleonic context. Part of Romantic Bicentennials (http://romantics200.org), the session will engage the long legacy of Romanticism.

BSA at MLA 2017: Byron and Consumption

The Byron Society of America’s panel at January’s MLA convention in Philadelphia is entitled “Byron and Consumption.” Professor Ghislaine McDayter of Bucknell University will preside. See details of the four-speaker lineup here: https://apps.mla.org/program_details?prog_id=201&year=2017.

The panel will convene on Friday, 6 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., in room 106B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Please consider attending.

Byron & Austen: Together Again

Read about the recent (21 April 2016) event, joint with the Jane Austen Society of North America, held amid Drew University Library’s Byron Society Collection, featuring Byronists Rachel Brownstein, Marsha Manns, and Robert Ready: http://jasnany.org/newsletters/2016Spring.pdf (p. 8 of the PDF; reproduced below). More information here: http://www.drew.edu/library/2016/05/austen-byron-together-again. Report on JASNA & BSA’s previous (2008) Byron-Austen event, “Byron & Austen: Together At Last,” here: http://jasnany.org/newsletters/fall2008.pdf (pp. 7-10 of the PDF).


The Geneva Summer – Romantic Bicentennial Symposium 2016 (Saturday, May 21 @ 10:15 am – 5:00 pm)

An event co-sponsored by the Byron Society of America and the Keats-Shelley Association of America in the Trustees Room of the New York Public Library

The summer of 1816 witnessed one of the great collaborative convergences of English literary history, as Percy Shelley, Mary Godwin, and Lord Byron met at the Villa Diodati near Geneva and produced some of the most enduring work of the Romantic era, including Frankenstein.

Speakers (including Gillen D’Arcy Wood, Jonathan Sachs, Madeleine Callaghan, Jerrold Hogle, and Anne Mellor) will discuss the Shelley-Byron relationship, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the global contexts for the Geneva Summer, including the importance of the volcanic eruption in Indonesia that produced the punctuated climate change of the “year without a summer.” The symposium will conclude with a moderated roundtable discussion of the still vital and ongoing cultural reception of the 1816 summer and its literary productions.

For more details about the program and to register (free but required), please visit the Romantic Bicentennials website: http://romantics200.org/event/k-saabyron-society-symposium-the-geneva-summer/.

Byron and Austen: Together Again (Drew University, 21 April 2016)


Please consider attending this exciting event next month. Direct questions to Dr. Robin Hammerman of Stevens Institute of Technology (rhammerm@stevens.edu).


Thursday, April 21, 2016

4:00 to 9:00 P.M.

Drew University Library, in collaboration with the Jane Austen Society of North America/New York Metropolitan Region and the Byron Society of America, invites you to continue the exploration of this most elegant pairing of antipodal Romantic writers at the Drew University Library, home of the Byron Society Collection. This mini-conference will continue the conversation begun at the 2008 “Austen and Byron: Together at Last” conference held in New York City.

For both specialists and general readers of Austen and Byron, the occasion celebrates this year’s multiple focus within Romantic circles on the signal year of 1816—the year Byron’s Childe Harold III was published and Austen began writing Persuasion. From a general conversation on Persuasion to a special lecture by noted Romanticist Rachel Brownstein of Brooklyn College, this mini-conference will also radiate out to touch on conflicting forces in “The Spirit of the Age” that Austen and Byron clearly represent in the Regency years 1812-1818. Byronists and Janeites will likewise enjoy a special showcase of selected items from Drew University Library’s Byron Society Collection and items from the splendid Jane Austen Collection on loan for this occasion from Goucher College Special Collections & Archives. Specially conducted tours of the United Methodist Archives and History Center, home of Drew University Library Special Collections will complement the day’s events.

4:00-4:15 p.m. Welcome (Chris Anderson, Head of Special Collections and University Archives, and Marsha Manns, Co-Founder of the Byron Society Collection.

4:14-5:30 p.m. Discussion led by Robert Ready, Dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, on Austen’s Persuasion. Selected materials from the Byron Society Collection and the Austen collection at Goucher will be available for examination by discussion participants.

5:30-6:00 p.m. Coffee/tea/cake break and viewing of special exhibition of related materials from

Drew’s Byron Society Collection and Goucher’s Austen materials on loan for the event.

6:00-7:00 p.m. Lecture by Rachel Brownstein, Brooklyn College.

“Austen and Byron: Literary Taste and Judgment”

Rachel M. Brownstein has taught at the City University of New York since 1973. She is the author of three books: Becoming a Heroine: Reading about Women in Novels (1982),Tragic Muse: Rachel of the Comedie-Francaise (1995), and Why Jane Austen? (2011).
7:15-9:00 p.m. Substantial wine and hors d’oeuvre reception and tours of the Special Collection Library.

All events take place in the United Methodist Archives Building.

Participants may register for the entire—or selected portions—of the event.

Please visit the event webpage: www.drew.edu/library/special-collections/austen_and_byron

Transportation to the Drew campus for those travelling between New York/Penn Station and Madison train station via. New Jersey Transit will be provided by shuttle bus according to the following schedule:

Trains arriving to Madison from NY Penn Station will be met by shuttle bus to transport attendees to the Drew campus at 3:33 pm and at 5:35 pm. The bus to transport attendees to the Madison train station from Drew will depart at 8:30 pm for the 8:54 train to NY Penn Station.

Byron Society Panel at MLA 2016 (Austin, TX): Byron & America

The convention is 7-10 January, 2o16, in Austin, TX. The panel will take place 12 PM to 1:15 PM on Friday, 8 January, in Room 7 of the Austin Convention Center.
Panel: # 311 Byron and America
Moderator:  Noah Comet, United States Naval Academy
1)  “Black Byronism.”  Matt Sandler, Columbia University
2)  “Byron and the Yellowstone Frontier.”  Noah Comet, US Naval Academy
3)  “Byron as Greek Ambassador—to America.”  William Keach, Brown University
4)  “Specters of Byron in 19th-century America.”  Susan Wolfson, Princeton University

The Eleventh Leslie A. Marchand Memorial Lecture–by Julia Markus: Friday, October 16, 2015

The Byron Society of America Presents

The Eleventh Leslie A. Marchand Memorial Lecture

In Partnership with the Fordham Romanticism Group

Julia Markus

Author of Lady Byron and Her Daughters


Director of Creative Writing at Hofstra University

will speak on

Celebrating Lady Byron’s Life and Ada Lovelace’s Day 

Friday, October 16, 2015

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus

South Lounge

Event Details:

Wine and Cheese Reception: 5:00 – 6:00 P.M.

Lecture:  6:00 – 7:00 P.M.

Book Signing:  7:00 – 7:30 P.M.


RSVP by October 12, 2015, to John Bugg, bugg@fordham.edu

Please indicate whether you will be attending:

Reception Only

Lecture Only

Lecture and Reception

Directions to the South Lounge: Enter Fordham by the main entrance at 60th and Columbus.  The South Lounge is on the Plaza Level, up one flight of escalators just beyond the cafeteria.